Conservation initiatives at UWS
Between February 2013 and April 2013, UWS supplied standard fishing gears to the fisher folk in 9 beach management units (BMUs) in Buliisa.The fisher folk and BMUs in turn signed an MOU to adhere to appropriate fishing practices and restore the fish breeding sites in the Lake Albert.
More on technology, to date, UWS has established six tree nurseries and in these, over 27,000 seedlings of five species are being raised. In collaboration with Buliisa District Local Government, UWS has planted trees in five hectares of privately owned land. The target for tree planting by end of this year is 750 hectares of privately owned land and by 830 households.
Policy influence, Advocacy and Networking at UWS
This year, the Society has so far conducted two public policy dialogues, one of these in collaboration with Environmental Alert and the Makerere University School of Forestry. On the 22nd of February 2013, UWS convened a Public Policy Dialogue at Hotel Africana. Dr. John Makombo, the Director of Conservation at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) was the key speaker.
The day’s theme was How Best Can Uganda’s Wildlife and, Communities Adjacent to Protected Areas Co-Exist in Harmony? Dr.Makombo gave an over view of protected areas /wildlife in Uganda, their contribution to economy and livelihoods, conservation challenges including human-wildlife conflicts and strategies UWA is using to address these and, partnerships involved.
Dr. Makombo’s presentation was followed by that of UWS given by Joel Buyinza, highlighting UWS research findings, experiences and park adjacent communities consultation. Joel mentioned that simple actions like allowing communities access resources like grass, firewood, poles, papyrus, fish and to plant trees and keep bees in the protected area buffer zones (Murchison Falls National Park, Budongo Forest and Bugungu Wildlife Reserves) will go long way into providing incentives to elicit their support and participate in protected areas conservation. The Society has submitted to UWA and is following up on the signing and operationalisation of the above resources access MOUs Buliisa communities developed.
Discussing the presentations, the audience recommended UWA and UWS show how women and youth are benefiting from their interventions, not impose but engage communities in identifying initiatives to resolve issues hampering human-wildlife co-existence, UWA share with communities 20% of total revenue and not just get collections, resettle the Batwa displaced from Bwindi home of the gorilla tours and develop alternative revenue plan just in case tourism income dwindles and oil money is invested elsewhere and not in conservation.
The UWS Strategic Plans
The strategic plan shows what the society will be focusing on, in terms of its activities and other engagements towards analyzing its role in the next years.
Enabling Albertine Rift Communities and Institutions Understand and Benefit from Uganda’s REDD Process -> Download Here
Enabling Albertine Rift Communities Understand and Benefit from Uganda’s REDD PROCESS, a Strategy for Sustainable Natural Resource Use and Management –> Download here
Financial Policy for Uganda Wildlife Society
This is what guides the financial management in the Organisation.
- Uganda Wildlife Society Policy account manual for 2007
- Uganda Wildlife Society financial accounting manual -2013
Personell Policy for Uganda Wildlife Society
- Uganda wildlife personnel policy manual 2013 : This is the Uganda Wildlife Society personnel policy manual for 2013 that guides the issues and matters to do with the organisations personnel.
- Staff leave form for UWS 2013 : The Form that allows leave for staff in the Uganda Wildlife Society.
- Staff performance appraisal form 2013 : This is a policy implementing strategy for evaluating staff performance.